The Sandman is an ambitious, excellent new show on Netflix. But before that, it was a comic book written by Neil Gaiman that ran from 1989 to 1996. So it’s no surprise that a new collection of the entire comic series is out now to go along with the Netflix show. You can pick up all 75 issues of The Sandman run, plus a handful of additional one-offs and special issues, in the four new paperback collections below. Better yet, they’re all on sale at Amazon right now. Here they are.
The Sandman Collections
The Sandman Book one
Collects The Sandman issues #1-20.
The Sandman Book two
Collects The Sandman issues #21-37, Sandman Special: The Song of Orpheus #1, and short stories from Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #1-3.
The Sandman Book three
Collects The Sandman issues #38-56, plus tales from Vertigo Preview #1.
The Sandman Book four
Collects The Sandman issues #57-75; stories from Vertigo Jam #1; Dust Covers: The Collected Sandman Covers.
First up, Book One gathers the first 20 issues of the series, which includes the story arcs “Preludes and Nocturnes,” “The Doll’s House,” and “Dream Country.” The first season of the Netflix show goes through roughly the first two arcs, so this is the one to get if you’re interested in seeing the differences between the existing episodes and the comics that inspired them.
Next, Book Two comes with issues #21-37, which includes the arcs “Season on Mysts,” and “A Game of You,” plus some of the one-off tales originally found in “Fables and Reflections.” This collection also includes The Sandman Special #1 and Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #1-3.
After that, Book Three contains issues #38-56, which includes the arcs “Brief Lives” and “World’s End,” plus the rest of the stand-alone short stories previously collected in “Fables and Reflections.” Book Three also includes Vertigo Preview #1.
Finally, Book Four finishes up the series with issues #57-75, collecting the arcs “The Kindly Ones” and “The Wake.” It also includes Vertigo Jam #1 and Dust Covers: The Collected Sandman Covers.
If you grab all four collections, you’ll have the entire run of one of the most iconic and important comic book series in the history of the medium, all for under $100. Not bad.
For a more detailed look at the Sandman show and comics, check out our overview of The Sandman reading order. Don’t sleep on our Sandman season one review, either. And for lots more info on the show, check out our Neil Gaiman interview.
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